Recapping our journey aboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos

Silversea’s Silver Galapagos at anchor off San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador, on October 9, 2014. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

On Saturday morning, I said goodbye to Silversea’s Silver Galapagos in the port of Baltra after a stunning trip through the Galapagos Islands as part of Silversea’s weeklong Darwin’s Discovery – Western Galapagos Islands itinerary.
Over the course of a week, I had the chance to arguable see and learn more about the endemic species of wildlife that call the Galapagos home than I would have ever considered possible. The things you’ll see will confound your expectations and shatter your perceptions of the world around you. It’ll ruin zoos and aquariums for you for the rest of your days. This is the real deal – wild and untamed.

The Galapagos is the real deal. Accept no substitutes. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Galapagos is the real deal. Accept no substitutes. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

This is nature wild and untamed. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

This is nature wild and untamed. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

But I was also able to experience the refurbished Silver Galapagos. She’s looking worlds apart from her former self, and while there’s still some work that could be done, the month-long drydock was a colossal improvement in her appearance and functionality. In fact, the refit was pulled off so well that most guests couldn’t pinpoint what had changed until they were confronted with her former looks – dark wood panelling and public spaces that had been cobbled together over decades of hard use. Silversea is attempting to put the style and elegance back into Silver Galapagos, and they are succeeding.

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